Public health is primarily concerned with the promotion, improvement and maintenance of health.
We aim to play our part by drawing the attention of society to the social determinants of health that are known to be among the worst causes of poor health inequalities across the world.
Throughout the world, vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people have less access to health resources, get sicker and die earlier, than people in more privileged social positions.
Research, policy, community engagement, activism and leadership aimed at addressing the social dimensions of health can improve health and access to health care.
We share a vision of health that unites our teaching, research and professional practice.
This vision, first articulated in the WHO 'Health For All' statement, emphasises the importance of front line workers who are able to:
- foster, promote and protect health and well-being;
- recognise and reduce disease and disability;
- reduce health inequalities; and
- improve access to services.